Women in European Holocaust Films

Perpetrators, Victims and Resisters

  • Ingrid Lewis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ingrid Lewis
    Pages 1-20
  3. Women and the Holocaust: The Silenced Gender?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Ingrid Lewis
      Pages 23-36
  4. The Cinematic Representation of Women as Perpetrators and Accomplices of Nazism

  5. Female Victims in Holocaust Films: From Universalised Portrayals to Recovered Memory

  6. Gendering Heroism: The Role of Women in Filmic Discourses About Resistance

  7. Towards a Conclusion: Researching the Representation of Women in European Holocaust Films

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Ingrid Lewis
      Pages 251-267
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 269-278

About this book


This book considers how women’s experiences have been treated in films dealing with Nazi persecution. Focusing on fiction films made in Europe between 1945 and the present, this study explores dominant discourses on and cinematic representation of women as perpetrators, victims and resisters. Ingrid Lewis contends that European Holocaust Cinema underwent a rich and complex trajectory of change with regard to the representation of women. This change both reflects and responds to key socio-cultural developments in the intervening decades as well as to new directions in cinema, historical research and politics of remembrance. The book will appeal to international scholars, students and educators within the fields of Holocaust Studies, Film Studies, European Cinema and Women’s Studies. 


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Authors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Lewis
    • 1
  1. 1.Dundalk Institute of TechnologyDundalkIreland

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